DASSH reinforces the value of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences to the workforce of the future

A new report by the Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) takes on the difficult task of articulating the value of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) disciplines to Australia’s future. The report, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Degrees: Powering Workforce Transformation Through Creativity, Critical Thinking and Human Interaction, reviews recent literature and analysis to present the case for a greater understanding of how HASS skills are becoming increasingly relevant to our future workforce.

The report is available at: http://dassh.edu.au/resources/uploads/publications/project_reports/DASSH_HASS_and_Future_Workforce_FINAL_Report_2018.11_.21_.pdf

Victorian College of the Arts Masters Exhibition

Exhibition opening: Monday 3 December, 6.30–8.30pm
Exhibition: 4–9 December, 11am–5pm
Location: Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 40 Dodds Street, Southbank, Melbourne
Website: https://finearts-music.unimelb.edu.au/margaret-lawrence-gallery/future/2018-victorian-college-of-the-arts-masters-exhibition

Presented by graduating students from VCA’s Master of Contemporary Art and Master of Fine Art. Audiences will navigate a dynamic exhibition beginning in the Margaret Lawrence Gallery and leading into the VCA Art Studios. This exhibition celebrates the students' artistic imagination, extensive theoretical knowledge and mastery of their practical and technological skills.

International Arts Tourism Report released

The Australia Council has been busy with its end of year reports. In addition to its annual report, Why Arts Matter, it has released a report on the role that art plays in international tourism for Australia. The report: International Arts Tourism - Connecting Cultures, uses data from Tourism Research Australia to highlight international visitor engagement with arts experiences, cultural institutions, first nations arts and culture and engagement with arts in regional Australia. The report is available at: http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/workspace/uploads/files/arts-and-tourism-report-pdf-5bf1f3c5079ac.pdf

Live-to-digital not attracting anticipated new audiences

Two new research reports out of the UK indicate that the digital capture and screening of live performances is failing to attract the wider and more diverse audiences anticipated. It had originally been hoped that digitally capturing live arts performances and screening them online or in cinemas/community locations would increase audience attendance by those who would not typically attend similar live performances in person. However two distinct reports, one conducted for the Arts Council England (ACE) and the other by digital distribution service Cinegi, show that “screened versions of live performances are … consumed by those that would attend the arts anyway.” The reports note that screening audiences were significantly lower than expected while technical factors inhibited online viewing numbers. Both reports are available online:

Live-to-Digital in the Arts: https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/live-digital-screenings-arent-diversifying-audiences-research-finds

Cinegi Arts & Film Action Research Report: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/download-file/cinegi_NestaAA_report%20FINAL.pdf

Protecting and enhancing the wellbeing of artists and students

In the past few years, published reports have indicated concerning trends in creative artist mental health. For example, five Australian entertainment industry workers attempt death by suicide every week … Given that not only is the health of our industry at stake, but also the lives of our creative workers, it is vital that the mental health and wellbeing of artists be seriously addressed in policy.

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Arts and culture priorities? Academic leadership in a policy vacuum

A nation’s cultural policy is its most confident document. It empowers artists with the courage to make work that the entire nation welcomes. It outlines all of the means available to government to stimulate this work, without privileging any artforms or platforms that would prescribe the work … More than any other area of policy, it’s a statement of exactly what government is for.

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University of Melbourne VP (Engagement) appointed as Australia Council CEO

University of Melbourne Vice President (Engagement) Adrian Collette AM has been announced as the incoming CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts. Adrian has extensive arts leadership experience including 16 years as CEO of Opera Australia and as Managing Director of Reed Books, Elsevier. He has been a member of the Australia Council Board since 2013. He will take up the CEO position in January 2019.

2019-20 Indigenous Languages and Arts grants program opens

The Australian Government has invited applications for the next round of the Indigenous Languages and Arts Program that supports projects that preserve, promote and celebrate cultural expression through Australian Indigenous languages and arts. Applications close on 11 February 2019 and the guidelines and application form is available on the GrantConnect website at: https://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=041F07E8-C68E-A9C4-66147CFA9F844449

New journal on Australian Multilingual Writing

The Australian Multilingual Writing Project is a new free online journal that showcases multilingual creative writing. The first issue features poetry by 13 different poets in 14 different languages, all of which capture the journal’s objective to share the way that multilingual poets think and speak.  The introduction to this issue explains that while English-speaking poets may use one or two words from another language, poets who are multilingual “have access to multiple musics, multiple vocabularies, multiple idioms and … combine them in ways that create whole new musics, syntaxes, and idioms.”

The journal’s creator and editor, Nadia Niaz explains: “Each poem is accompanied by an audio file to add back in the dimension that the unfamiliarity of some of the languages may take away. Translations, transliterations, and glosses are provided at the poets' discretion. Some poems invite you in for a cuppa and a chat, while others skulk by the door ready to bolt, but all provide glimpses into the lives and experiences of people who move between languages daily.”

The first issue is available at: https://australianmultilingualwriting.org/issue-1/amwp-issue-1/.